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    Fishing industry set for risky expansion into unfrozen Arctic

    "Unregulated fishing in the Arctic region has enormous potential consequences for the ecosystem of the area and eventually the whole world." Professor Torkel Gissel Nielsen, Aarhus University

    Life in the Arctic is changing dramatically, as the ice sheet melts due to climate change. Estimates predict that as early as 2040, polar bears could […]

    Northern Siberians struggle with global warming

    While they were once used to clear skies, the Viliui Sakha people from Siberia now have to hunt in heavy snows in winter and across boggy land in the rainy summers.

    For the Viliui Sakha global warming is not a problem […]

    Temperature rise has consequences for Greenlanders

    Even the smallest change in temperatures can impact the food web of the Arctic Ocean. This can stretch its way up the entire food chain.

    “Just a tiny change in temperatures can impact the fishing industry of Greenland tremendously,” said professor Torkel Gissel Nielsen from the National Environmental Research Institute at Aarhus University.

    Fishing and […]

    A blanket for Greenland glaciers

    A giant blanket that will cover a total surface of 10,000 square meters is the newest weapon in the fight against melting glaciers in Greenland.

    Researchers from Ohio State University in the United States will place the blanket over a glacier 90km east of the town of Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of Greenland.


    International Polar Year ends

    Research shows “unprecedented rate of sea-ice drift”

    Observation of the polar regions came to a close last week for the 2007-2008 International Polar Year. The World Meteorological Organization in Geneva issued an introductory report, “The State of Polar Research”, confirming a considerable decline of snow and ice in both Polar Regions. “We have enough to […]

    Fast Facts: The melting ice caps

    The Arctic ice cap and the Greenland ice sheet is rapidly melting, exceeding many scientists’ worst expectations and causing global sea levels to rise. But exactly how fast is it going?

    – From 1979 to 2007, the sea ice in the Arctic has melted about 10 % per decade, reaching the lowest extent each September.


    A brief intro – arctics

    This theme will look at the consequences of climatic changes in a particular geographical region: the Arctic. In this region of extremes, dramatic changes are already visible. Many scientists have recently warned that the Arctic sea-ice is melting far faster than predicted, with an acceleration defying any scientist’s model.

    The sessions will explore the faraway, […]